Binghamton City Council Approves Eminent Domain Process To Seize Binghamton Plaza
Members of Binghamton City Council voted 5-2 at its Wednesday night meeting on a resolution to take over the Binghamton Plaza property on the city's north side through eminent domain.
Binghamton Mayor Jared Kraham says the city wants to demolish the dilapidated property and five parcels of land to create green space and new commercial development.
Council members Aviva Friedman and Angela Riley were the two dissenting votes.
Riley was also the lone 'no' vote on another measure that found the project would not adversely impact the environment.
Riley said she felt torn about the move but voted no on behalf of her constituents. At the meeting, Riley said store owners told her they don't want to relocate.
Kraham has said the city plans on working with business owners to help them stay on the north side or find a new location.